'Govt should invest in awareness campaign for EVs'

Budget 2021 | Govt should invest in awareness campaign for Electric Vehicles, says Greaves Cotton CEO

Nagesh Basavanhalli. Credit: Greaves Cotton.

By Nagesh Basavanhalli,

India has embarked on the electric vehicles journey with several initiatives being undertaken by the government in recent past. However, we need to keep the focus constant to accelerate EV growth in the country. In the endeavour to utilize our full potential and to achieve the goal of 100% electric vehicles in the country by 2030, we need to take the following under consideration:

1. First of all, the government should invest in creating a robust mass awareness campaign among the general public about moving towards safe, sustainable and affordable electric vehicles in order to dispel common myths.

2. Secondly, it would be great if the government maintains GST at 5% only and not increase it and create more awareness among the people about the tax benefit in order to encourage more and more people to shift towards sustainable and affordable electric mobility solutions.

3. Similarly, as part of Atmanirbhat Bharat and Vocal for Local initiatives, the government should provide incentive and support industry players who are looking to setup manufacturing base for electric vehicles.

4. Lastly, in order to provide a level playing field for EV manufacturing companies, the government should consider keeping the import duty to 5% or less on Li-ion cells as the same is scheduled to go upto 10% effective April 2021.

(The author is Group CEO & MD, Greaves Cotton Limited)